More Cat Care Information:
Thinking about how to build a cat tower without breaking the bank? Read on to discover things our human did to make us a great kitty climbing tower without spending a fortune – even though we're worth that fortune!
Why a cat climbing tower?
|General Cat Care #1: Before You Bring Your Cat Home|
|You will need food, food dish, water bowl, interactive toys, brush, comb, safety cat collar, scratching post, litter and litter box.|
|General Cat Care #2: Feeding|
|An adult cat should be fed one large or two smaller meals each day. Kittens from 6 to 12 weeks need to be fed four times a day. Kittens from three to six months need to be fed three times a day. You can either feed specific meals, throwing away any leftover canned food after 30 minutes or free-feed dry food (keeping food out all the time).|
Feed your cat a high-quality, brand-name kitten or cat food (avoid generic brands) two to three times a day. Kittens can be fed human baby food for a short time if they won’t eat kitten food softened by soaking in warm water. Use turkey or chicken baby food made for children six months and older. Gradually mix with cat food. Cow’s milk is not necessary and can cause diarrhea in kittens and cats. Provide fresh, clean water at all times. Wash and refill water bowls daily.
Why should you build a cat climbing tower in the first place? From your cat's point of view there are already multiple cat climbing toys in your home; your pants legs, the curtains, the bookshelves, the closet shelves, etc. If we don't have a specific spot of our own, we're going to claim one of yours. You meant us to share your lives didn't you?
Seriously, if you have a cat you need a cat climbing tower. Kitty would much rather have her own spot where she can climb and nap undisturbed than take one of yours.
Why build Your own cat tower?
Does building a cat tower on your own seem daunting? If you have some basic skills and some plans you can build one. Remember, it just needs to be solid and fun not a work of art – at least the first one. There are a couple of reasons to build your own instead of buying one, one of the biggest reasons for most people is the cost. The cat trees you see in the pet stores are pretty pricey. With some plans, know how, imagination and help from your cat you can build your own.
|General Cat Care #3: Grooming|
|Most cats stay relatively clean and rarely need a bath, but they do need to be brushed or combed. Frequent brushing helps keep your cat’s coat clean, reduces the amount of shedding and cuts down on the incidence of hairballs|
|General Cat Care #4: Handling|
|To pick up your cat, place one hand behind the front legs and another under the hindquarters. Lift gently. Never pick up a cat by the scruff of the neck (behind the ears) or by the front legs without supporting the rear end.|
|General Cat Care #5: Housing|
|Cats should have a clean, dry place of their own in the house. Line your cat’s bed with a soft, warm blanket or towel. Be sure to wash the bedding often. Please keep your cat indoors. If your companion animal is allowed outside, he can contract diseases, get ticks or parasites, become lost or get hit by a car, hurt in a fight or poisoned. Also, cats prey on wildlife.|
The other reason to build your own cat climbing tree is that its a fun project! Yup. A kitty tower is an easy beginner project that doesn't take a lot of skill, is small enough to complete without getting frustrated and the finished project will be enjoyed by kitty despite any flaws. You might care about how it looks, but trust me kitty is going to appreciate your efforts and with some good plans to take you step by step through the process the end product will be a success that you'll enjoy having around. Who knows, you might want to build another more elaborate tree or start another project!
Materials for your cat climbing tower.
The materials are the costliest part of building your cat tower. Take a look around and see what you have on hand. Do you have any carpet scraps left over from finishing the basement? Pieces of plywood that are too big to throw away but too small to do much with?
Designing your kitty climber is going to depend a lot on what you have on hand or what you're willing to spend on materials. Carpet scraps attached to plywood with a staple gun and glue make perfect platforms and cheap if you already have them on hand. Play around with the design to see what you'll need to buy and what you can incorporate from what you already have. A plastic bucket with the bottom cut out, lined and covered in carpet makes a great hideaway. A plywood box for the base with holes cut in it for climbing in and out of make a great fun house, more interesting than just a plain post and platform. Have 2 small posts instead of one large? Maybe use them to make a smaller tree or one that doesn't go straight up.
You are only limited by your imagination. Basic skills and a plan will go a long way to help you avoid costly mistakes in building the cat tower of your kitty's dreams and keep you within your budget using the materials you already have on hand.
|General Cat Care #6: Identification|
|If allowed outdoors (again, we caution against it!), your cat needs to wear a safety collar and an ID tag. A safety collar with an elastic panel will allow your cat to break loose if the collar gets caught on something. An ID tag or an implanted microchip can help insure that your cat is returned if he or she becomes lost.|
|General Cat Care #7: Litter Box|
|All indoor cats need a litter box, which should be placed in a quiet, accessible location. A bathroom or utility room is a good place for your cat’s box. In a multi-level home, one box per floor is recommended. Avoid moving the box unless absolutely necessary. Then do so slowly, a few inches a day. Cats won’t use a messy, SMELLY litter box. Scoop solids out of the box at least once a day. Dump everything, wash with a mild detergent (don’t use ammonia) and refill at least once a week, less frequently if using clumping litter. Don’t use deodorants or scents in the litter or litter box (especially avoid lemon scent).|